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Rockettes' Inauguration Performance is 'Voluntary,' Slots Already Filled Up

Rockettes' Inauguration Performance is 'Voluntary,' Slots Already Filled Up

The news that the Rockettes will be performing at Donald Trump‘s presidential inauguration drew criticism for the organization and also for the dancers that would be involved.

Reports surfaced that the dancers were going to be forced into performing if they wished to hold their full-time job status with Radio City.

Now, the Madison Square Garden Company has released a statement saying that it was voluntary for the ladies to participate, but they received an overwhelming response to be involved with the performance.

Click inside to read the statement…

“The Radio City Rockettes are proud to participate in the 58th Presidential Inaugural,” MSG said in a statement to THR. “For a Rockette to be considered for an event, they must voluntarily sign up and are never told they have to perform at a particular event, including the inaugural. It is always their choice. In fact, for the coming inauguration, we had more Rockettes request to participate than we have slots available. We eagerly await the inaugural celebrations.”

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  • Johnny Suede

    Well..

    “The Radio City Rockettes may be performing at Donald Trump‘s Jan. 20 inauguration, but apparently not all of the high-kicking beauties are happy about it.

    After Madison Square Garden Company boss James Dolan confirmed the iconic group’s participation in the event on Thursday, Rockette Phoebe Pearl posted a now-deleted message on her personal Instagram account to say she feels “embarrassed and disappointed.”

    “I usually don’t use social media to make a political stand but I feel overwhelmed with emotion,” she wrote, per The Hollywood Reporter. “Finding out that it has been decided for us that Rockettes will be performing at the Presidential inauguration makes me feel embarrassed and disappointed. The women I work with are intelligent and are full of love and the decision of performing for a man that stands for everything we’re against is appalling. I am speaking for just myself but please know that after we found out this news, we have been performing with tears in our eyes and heavy hearts. We will not be forced! #notmypresident’ ”

    http://people.com/politics/radio-city-rockettes-donald-trump-inauguration/

  • sydney jane

    Totally unprofessional! But, now she knows how the caterers who are forced to work at a gay wedding feel. Plus, I’m sure there were people who were “forced” to perform for Barack Obama, too, but they were professional enough to keep it to themselves.

  • magusxxx

    Name one.

    Name one performer who was forced to perform during President Obama’s inauguration ball

    Caterers? Maybe. Cooks and people providing the flowers? Maybe.

    But performers?

  • nobodyfromnowhere01

    Oh wow. Those poor widdle snowflakes forced to perform at a gay wedding……maybe they get the gay bug working for those awful awful gays??? GTFOH dumbazzzz

  • nobodyfromnowhere01

    Fking idiots. Why bother?

  • T C B-K

    “For a Rockette to be considered for an event, they must voluntarily sign up and are never told they have to perform at a particular event, including the inaugural. It is always their choice.” Except, it’s a lie because we all read the email where they are told to perform or be fired. I suppose we can expect to see ten honored Rockettes perform their tired and dated routine.

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